What’s on

Mackie Mayor Special Nights, Manchester, Ongoing 

Alty Market's magic comes to the centre with the brand new Mackie Mayor - a high-end food frenzy in a Smithfield's Grade II Listed 1858 Market right in the heart of the Northern Quarter. Look out for their 'special nights', like the French Feast and Beer, Beef and Oysters, where food and booze will flow for a set-price ticket.      

Coffee Classes at Lupo Caffe, Salford, Ongoing

Salford's finest isn't just a spot to grab an exemplary espresso, it is also a hive of activity. Check their What's On page for a slew of one-off events, from Italian language nights to supper clubs. Their coffee classes are a great way to get better acquainted with your favourite livener.   

Cooking Classes at The Creameries, Chorlton, Ongoing

Mary-Ellen McTague is the heart and brains behind Manchster restaurant triumphs Aumbry and 4244. The oh-so-lucky people of Chorlton now have her charming crowdfunded bakery on their doorsteps and it's fast becoming an institution. Workshops, talks and music evenings abound. And with Mary-Ellen herself heading up some cooking classes, they're not to be missed.   

Anya Gallaccio installation, Whitworth Park, Permanent 

Scottish Turner Prize Nominee Anya Gallaccio explores loss, memory and physical presence in nature with her new pernament installation outside the re-opened Whitworth. A stunning life-sized reprentation of an architect's model replaces a London Plane tree that had died in the spot. Nature and modernity work together in perfect harmony.  

Martin Parr: Return to Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery, 16th Nov - 22nd April

Everybody's favourite photographic documenter of British life, Martin Parr, started his career in Manchester and it has always been a great source of inspiration for his work. This show will look back at a range of his shots from the Rainy City. But, most excitingly, it will also include specially commissioned and exclusive portraits from 2018.     

New Light Prize Exhibition, Tullie House, Carlisle, to 27th Jan

There's complete freedom of medium at this celebration of Northern England's artistic talent. Expect to find works from exciting newcomers butting up to renowned names such as Isobel Peachey, the youngest woman commissioned to paint an official portrait of The Queen. Look out for local talents Alan Stones, Jan Huntley-Peace, Mark Gibbs, Rachel Gibson, Sally-Marie Gardner and Janet Kenyon. 


The Walla Dash Leaderboard, Fellpack, Keswick, Ongoing

Fellpack is a stunning new eatery at the very heart of the Lake District's hiking land that also acts as a sort of hub for the rambling and dashing community. Come here to fuel up before heading to the fells and, if you fancy a challange, you can try a run up Walla Crag. Your reward? A shiny place of Fallpack's Walla Dash leaderboard.  

The Great Print exhibition, Rheged, 9th Nov - 3rd Feb, Penrith 
Rheged is the perfect site for an exhibition of affordable art from across the UK. Boasting 350 framed artworks by over 60 printmakers, this is your opportunity to experience an art show where you can actually take a piece of the work away with you. Also, look out for the workshops available that are linked to the exhibition.  

Brewery Poets, The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 2nd Friday of every month

Head to this monthly showcase of local poetry talent and you're participating in Cumbria's artistic history. Brewery Poets has been taking place at he Arts Centre for over thirty years. Grab a glass of wine, sink into one of their big sofas and experience the future of British poetry.   

Cracker Packers Statue, Carlisle, Permanent

Hyper-talented scupltor Hazel Reeves has perfectly captured the wit and spirit of McVities' famous 'cracker packers'. Unveiled on International Women’s Day 2018, her bronze work sits at the former Carrs site and pays homage to the women immortalised in Hunter Davies' Biscuit Girls novel.